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Advice On Laptop For Gaming

Discussion in 'Games' started by pollymiller, Dec 8, 2009.

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  1. pollymiller

    pollymiller Thread Starter

    Jul 11, 2009
    i have decided to get a new laptop because my old one is old lol, i have a desktop pc but would be nice to sit on the sofa instead of at my desk, so i have decided to go for a new one but i am stuck between 2, i know these are not gaming laptops but im hopeing to be able to play games i.e Aion, STO, on medium to high setting, the 2 i have decided to go for are:

    The Medion 18"4 Akoya P8610 Laptop

    • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6500.
    • 2.10GHz processor speed.
    • 2MB cache.
    • 4GB DDR2 RAM.

    • 18.4in screen size.
    • Resolution 1680 x 945 pixels (HD).
    • 16:9 Widescreen.

    • 500GB SATA GB hard drive.

    • Blu-ray player /Multi format dual layer DVD RW optical drive.

    • nVidia GeForce 9600M GS DirectX 10 with Hybrid SLI featuring HybridPower technology and HDMI digital audio/video output.
    • VRAM 512MB GDDR2graphics memory.

    • Media card reader - compatible with SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO.
    • 3 + 1 eSATA/USB 2.0 USB ports.
    • 1 Gbit Ethernet LAN 10/100/1000 Mbit/s.
    • High definition audio with 2 integrated loudspeaker and 1 subwoofer Dolby Home Theatre certified.

    • 1.3MP webcam with microphone.
    • Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/draft-n.

    • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit with new Media Centre user interface, including Service Pack 1 installed

    • Software included:
    • Microsoft Works 9.0 incl. Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Trial Edition, Nero Burning ROM 8 Essentials including. Nero Recode 3 SE, Cyberlink PowerDVD 8 Ultra, Cyberlink YouCam, BullGuard Internet Security (Trial Edition), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32 and 64 Bit Recovery DVD.

    • 2 hours battery life.
    • Size (H)2.5-3.9, (W)44.1, (D)30.0cm.
    • Weight 3.7kg.


    The Sony Vaio 18"4 AW31M/H Laptop

    • Dual Core 2.53Ghz Processor - Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor P8700 with Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
    • 3Mb L2 Cache
    • 1066 Mhz Frontside Bus
    • 4Gb DDR2 RAM
    • 500Gb SATA Hard Drive
    • Windows Vista® Home Premium (With COA Sticker)
    • Blu-ray Disc™ Combo Drive (reader): BD ROM/ DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM Drive
    • 18.4", 1680 x 945, 16:9 Ratio, WXGA++ Display
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT GPU Graphics With Total available graphics memory of Approx. 1770MB* with dedicated GDDR3 Video Memory of 512MB
    • HDMI Out Port
    • WiFi - 802.11a/b/g/Draft n
    • Networking - 10 BASE-T/100 BASE-TX/1000 BASE-T
    • Bluetooth - 2.1 + EDR
    • Built-in 'Motion Eye' Digital Camera
    • Memory Card Reader
    • Range Of Software Including - Picture Motion Browser, VAIO Content Importer / Exporter, WinDVD BD 8 for VAIO, DivX Player & Converter, VAIO Movie Story, Adobe Premiere Elements 7, VAIO Music Box, Windows Media Player 11, SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.5 and much more..!
    i cant decide which is best, these are both within my budget but the sony is a stretch wanted to pay about 700-800 pounds because i will be using my desktop mainly, i just want a decent lap top for when im away or if i fancy sitting on the sofa, i am a gamer and love my games, any advice would be appreaciated, i need to order one soon:) its a gift from my husband and i want to make sure i have stuff to open on christmas day lol

    thanks in advance
  2. dktherocker


    Dec 6, 2009
    u say use desktop mainly.....try alienware.....cuts the extra crap and gives u pure performance for gaming...
  3. BruinBeer


    May 28, 2009
    Well, the second one(the Sony) is actually a very nice laptop. I must admit that I don't really know the first one very good so a few more opinions won't be a bad idea
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  4. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Dec 14, 2002
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    the downside to medion is lack of support when things go wrong

    they tend to be good computers for a decent price. BUT when they go wrong, boy do they go wrong

    very few laptops are any good for gaming, but of the 2 you have looked at, Sony wins hands down

    look at alienware for quality gaming machines, they are dell high end lap tops with boosted components
  5. pollymiller

    pollymiller Thread Starter

    Jul 11, 2009
    ok guys thanks for the info, really appreachiate it, more opinions would be great:) the sony one is nice yes, the thing with alienware is its finance, i already have a xps720 from dell, dont really want another bill with them, i might do tho not sure, but these were the easy choice because there in my dads catalogue lol:)) please keep the posts coming.

    Thanks Again in advance:)
  6. Masta Squidge

    Masta Squidge

    Jul 29, 2007
    Alienware hasnt cut out the crap since dell bought them. And most of it is overpriced as hell (concerning desktops) however in the laptop section of this little market, they are probably the best choice.

    Just be ready to remove a bunch of junk software.

    But if you want a gaming rig (desktop) built right, you do it yourself. Alienware only delivers flashy cool stuff with great, but not always exceptional performance. Granted, they do save alot of time and setup but... thats my opinion.

    ANYWAYS, the second one is better by far. But the first one should be acceptable for the games you listed, though I cant vouche for the settings you might be able to run.
  7. dktherocker


    Dec 6, 2009
    i didnt know bout wat happened after dell
    from the two, i guess u should go for sony.. but remember, if u get a 32-bit vista, it will use only 3gb ram, 1gb goes to waste...keep dat in mind
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